Call for examples for POSIX man pages

Call for examples for POSIX man pages

Post by Andrew Jos » Sun, 29 Jun 2003 14:31:01

Many of the man pages in the POSIX.1 standard do not have any
informative examples .  We're looking for volunteers to contribute
additional examples.

Criteria is they should be conforming extracts of code.  and
illustrative of key concepts.  They do not have to be complete
working program but should be working extracts with error checking.

Lists of the functions and utilities currently with no examples are at:

A Template follows:

One line Summary Title, for example: Initializing a String

One or more paragraphs giving an overview of what the example
does: The following example .....

<code sample>

/* code can contain inline comments */


int sample_data;

To submit an example please complete the defect form at

(do not worry about page and line numbers so long as you
give the interface name)

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1. Standard man pages to "Catted" man pages!

To Anyone Interested:

        How does one take a standard "troff"ed (?) man page that comes
with a package off the net (ending in .1, .2, etc) and turn in into a
compressed, "cat"ted man page (ending in .1.Z, .2.Z, etc) that are
stored in the directory /usr/man/catN (N = 1,2,3,...) that can be read
by the standard man utility that comes with the SLS distribution?  I'm
sure that this is trivial to do, and is probably written down
SOMEWHERE, but I've got only so many hours a day I can spend reading
FAQs and HOWTOs.  Thanx in advance...

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